I am a textile and print artist primarily interested in designing and creating one-off pieces of useable and wearable art, in the form of bags. We all carry around a lot of emotional baggage in our lives, some good and some bad. I aim to create bags that show something of the personality, character or experiences of the person who chooses to own one. My initial interest in designing bags stemmed from a project I undertook based on memories. I had lost my eldest son several years earlier, and having difficulties in coming to terms with this, I decided to base my project around the happy memories rather than focusing on the loss. We carry our memories around everywhere with us, so it seemed appropriate to put these memories onto a bag that I could carry and enjoy using, a positive link to the past whilst getting on with the present and future. The experience of creating such a beautiful and personal piece of art based on my son, his interests and how he made me feel, was a wonderfully healing process. I have since undertaken several commissions to create bags and wall hangings.